Carles Pelejero was born in Barcelona in 1968, he graduated in chemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1991, with a specialty in organic chemistry. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Barcelona in 2000, after research in the fields of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology through the study of molecular biomarkers in deep sea sediments. He then spent 4 years of postdoctoral research in Australia, at the Australian National University and Geoscience Australia. There, he developed new methodologies for the elemental and isotopic analysis of marine biogenic carbonates using MC-ICPMS and TIMS. After moving to the Institut de Ciències del Mar, CSIC, Barcelona, in 2005, with a Ramón y Cajal contract, he was appointed as a Research Professor by ICREA in October 2006. He is interested in understanding and quantifying how the marine environment and climate are changing today, in which ways they have changed in the past, and how will they influence marine organisms and ecosystems in the future. To this end, he analyzes deep sea sediments and corals as archives of changes in the past, use systems to monitor the present, and run manipulative experiments in aquaria to simulate the future. A main environmental issue that he is currently studying is the progressive acidification of the oceans that is occurring due to the marine absorption of part of the CO2 that humans are emitting to the atmosphere.
Biography Updated on 10 February 2012